Posts Tagged 'book'

Children’s Book.

I’ve been thinking of a small craft project that would allow children to be expressive in terms of interior spaces. And I’ve been doing some reasearch which brings me to all of the great design books for children’s room and baby nursuries. My sister asked for some help from me when decorating her two children’s rooms so these are three great resources to go to when you need to gather ideas for ways to decorate your kids cabana.


Room for Children design book susanna salk

Room for Children book by Susanna Salk, $29.70

feathering the nest Tracy Hutson, $20 |

Feathering the Nest by Tracy Hutson, $20

Terrance Conran Essential Children's Rooms design

Terrance Conran's Essential Children's Rooms, $14 (releases May 2011)

Write it Down…

Thank you to my Facebook friend Sophie Dahy for sharing with her FB community  a blog post from Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic on Henriette Anne Klauser’s book Write it Down, Make it Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It. {pant pant, hff, pff}. I wish I asked for this from my Elfster holiday exchange group this Christmas. It’s a rule I really need to live by. I tend to write a lot down and take lots of notes, but it seems to be jotted in more than one place – the back of a napkin, my iPhone notes, one of my plenty of notebooks, the back of my mind. Now, if I could stick with one central place, I might stick to my plans. I think I’ll be giving Henriette some credit once I dig through this self-help book for the über busy. Now if I could only find my keys.

From her website:

When you care enough to write down your goals, stand back. Wonderful things are about to happen. Write It Down, Make It Happen combines practical tips with inspiring stories from a man who wanted to be an opera singer, to a woman searching for a nursing home for her mom who had Alzheimer’s.

write it down, make it happen

A Collage By Any Other Name.

I came across this line of collage art inspired by vintage book pages and flash cards. There are an assortment of frames and object types to choose for the kids room, the office, entry hall or library. Denise Fiedler started Paste SF just last year and it’s already got a fan club – it’s got full-page press in the October issue of House Beautiful.


Wingchair, $95

Bertoia chair

Bertoia chair, $62

Dining chair, $65

Dining chair, $65

Chrysler building, $65

Chrysler building, $65

Leaning Tower of Pisa building, $65

Leaning Tower of Pisa building, $65

Poodle dog, $62

Poodle dog, $62

Terrier dog, $65

Terrier dog, $65

Big Book of Small and Way Cool Spaces.

On my Amazon wish list is Apartment Therapy’s recently released design book Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces. Living in Washington, DC, some of us have to learn to edit our belongings more or less and scale down on purchases to make sure everything fits and has it’s place in our home. This alone requires serious design therapy. Crack this cover and get ready to tackle your size-challenged rooms. (Plus, the cover screams red white and blue…USA).

Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces, $19.80 |

Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces, $19.80 |

Paper as Good as Gold.

I need to check out more often. Their goods go quickly and they buy some hard-to-find artisan goods for their Atlanta storefront and online shop. I just spotted these attractive and unique Parchment Books. These novels and biographies are rebound using hand-made scripted print paper giving the appearance of old vellum. I personally like the eclectic mix white, silver and gold leafed bindings. Beautiful if lined up on a weathered wood shelving unit or stacked on a white lacquered cocktail table. The ‘word’ is that they are still available in stock. Hurry up and buy before the story ends…

Cherry Blossom Tattoo.

I can not even tell you how many web users have come to my blog searching for tattoos of cherry blossom flowers. Searches led them to my blog post on the subject matter of Cherry Blossoms, particularly the famous April festival in Washington DC. If I can’t help them, I think the book Cherry Blossoms: Traditional Patterns in Japanese Design might be the right source to go to for learning about Japan’s beloved national flower. This colorful 408 page book is sold through the Smithsonian Store and includes masterworks by Hiroshige and Taikan Yokoyama. If I can’t help you choose the right flower tattoo design to ink on your body parts, this book will surely “inkspire” you. =)

Cherry Blossoms, Tradition Patterns in Japanese Design

Cherry Blossoms, Tradition Patterns in Japanese Design

Literary Beauty for Book Worms.

These book covers deserve real estate on your frequented bookshelf or cozy reading nook. A set of eight special hardcover editions of Penguin Classics includes authors like Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen. All volumes feature gorgeous foil patterns stamped on pretty linen cases and and ribbon markers. Add personal oomph and literary intrigue to your home or slip a satin ribbon around the book cover for an instant is simple gift – no wrapping paper needed!

Penguin Books

Beautifully Covered Classics! | Penguin Classics $20 each

Judge it by the Cover.

I love white backgrounds and pops of color. There exists just that with the new exclusive deluxe edition Art, Fashion, and Architecture book by Louis Vuitton. This large format book explores 80 collaborations with the likes of Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse. This collectors piece is designed by Takashi Murakami with a special cover, jacket and plexiglass slipcase silkscreened in the popular LV Damier pattern. Its priced at $130 and is only available online or in Louis Vuitton stores (psst DC… Chevy Chase and Tyson’s Corner). The beautiful package includes 404 pages and 3 special inserts with 400 full color photographs and illustrations. Great accessory for that coffee table or very best and fashionable friend.

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Open Me Sesame!

These are adorable! My design glossies and favorite books will look even better! I’m snapping up a couple packs of these paper clip-like “hands up” page holders. I typically use Stikies,  Clipiolas, and Book Darts… but I think we’ve now got some new competition.




Book Shopin’.

And Beige, a delightful interior design retail store in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC has so many great peices to drool over and select for discerning clients. I had to pop in this morning to pick up some fabric samples for a clients upholstered bed. While waiting for Daren to wrap the samples up in clean sheets of dark gold color tissue paper, I was eyeing a few hardcover books related to interior design. I love Jeffrey Bilhuber and found Defining Luxury: The Qualities of Life at Home to be a keeper. I am putting this new one on this years Christmas List. The pictures inside are so lovely, glamourous, timeless, and sophisticated. Looks good on any coffee table or bookshelf. A great design resource. 


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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